Sleep

By Anup Regunathan

Beep.

Beep.

Beep.

“How long has it been since she came in?”

“Come Friday, it should be about six months. Can’t say I’ve seen much of a response though. The family can’t let her go.”

“I’m sure it’s hard for the husband especially. Such a pity.” (more…)

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When Students Become Teachers

Roxana Amirahmadi

During the final week of my final rotation in surgery, I was observing a vitrectomy and lens replacement surgery along with an M1 medical student who was spending her summer shadowing and doing research with one of the two ophthalmologists scrubbed into the particularly complex case. While we were watching the procedure from on the overhead screens, I began skimming through the patient’s chart to get a more detailed understanding of his medical background. I realized that the other student was curious about what I was reading, and I began explaining what to look for in a patient chart to get a better understanding of a patient’s background.

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Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

Kamali Thompson

“Kanye West Is Hospitalized for ‘Psychiatric Emergency’ Hours After Canceling Tour” – nytimes.com

“Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting Suspect Esteban Santiago Said He Heard Voices” – nbcnews.com

Suicide wave grips Columbia.” – nypost.com

 

These are headlines we’ve all seen in the last several years, but we’re still not talking about mental illness. So now I propose the question: Why is mental illness such a stigma? Why is it such a foreign concept that the brain can get injured like any other organ? If the heart stops pumping causing a myocardial infarction (heart attack), we send flowers and get-well balloons. If someone has end stage renal disease and needs dialysis three times a week, we sit with them and hold their hand through the 4-hour process. Yet when someone complains of depression, we tell them to shrug it off and things will get better. If someone reports hearing voices, we exile them from our lives and communities.

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Alone

Anonymous

Note to fellow students,

The following submission was written with the hopes of illuminating what depression can mean to someone and to begin to remove the stigma attached to mental health. People hide their illness due to fear of having their raw emotions invalidated; we do not want to be judged, we want to be supported. As future physicians, please do not shy away from these individuals. I implore you, please remove the stigma from mental health.

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Still Grateful

By Prerana Chatty

I frequently find myself in a state of seeking. I don’t know if this is a hallmark of privilege or simply a personality trait, but I am often looking for ways to improve my grades, my appearance, my writing, my personal life, and of course, myself. I am rarely satisfied with the status quo. This constant dissatisfaction and the desire to be better drives me, but it also drains me. (more…)